Pipe repair underway on Straight Mile Road in Sakchi on Monday. (Bhola Prasad)
Two major city arteries are suffering from chronic traffic snarls, courtesy repair jobs undertaken by Jusco.
A stretch of Straight Mile Road, passing through commercial hub Sakchi, is witnessing frequent bottlenecks because of two holes dug up a fortnight ago to repair leaks in a water pipe.
In another part of the city, building material for a drain is encroaching upon a 700-metre-long stretch of Dimna Road, narrowing the Mango thoroughfare and inconveniencing commuters.
While Straight Mile Road, linking residential areas like Baradwari, Kasidih, Bhalubasa, Sitaramdera, Agrico and Sidhgora with Sakchi, hosts over 1.5 lakh vehicles daily, the Dimna artery that links the city with NH-33 stays equally busy on any given day.
Speaking to The Telegraph, commuters squarely blamed the Tata Steel subsidiary for delaying repair work and causing them trouble.
“Do jagah par road ke dono taraf se gaddha kiya gaya tha karib 14 din pehle. Private bus aur bade vahano ke chalne par poora jam lag jata hai. Iss road ko paar karte samay bahut dekh-sambhalkar jana padhta hai (Two large holes were dug on both sides of the road nearly 14 days ago. Traffic is virtually paralysed when buses or big commercial vehicles pass the stretch. One has to cross this road cautiously to avoid mishaps),” said Milan Das, owner of a hardware shop at Sakchi market.
The antagonism isn’t any different among users of Dimna Road.
“Iss road par bhari vahan chalte hai. Kachda aur pathar gira hua hai jiske karan road kafi narrow ho gaya hai. Bahut bar jam lag jata hai. Side mein chalne par two-wheelers ko dikkat hota hai (This road hosts heavy vehicles. Garbage and construction material has narrowed the road, which leads to frequent snarls. Two-wheelers are at greater risk along this road),” said Asim Mishra, a resident of Moon City on Dimna Road, Mango.
Jusco spokesperson Rajesh Rajan said there had been complaints of leak in the water pipeline under Straight Mile Road and so, the repair job was undertaken. “But, encroachment and heavy traffic are delaying work,” he added and hoped to provide relief to commuters in a day or two.
Rajan also promised to remove construction material and mud from Dimna Road.